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Following the 1899 season, Ban Johnson moved the Grand Rapids Furniture Makers to Cleveland to fill the spot left by the Cleveland Spiders Initially the team was called the Bluebirds, the name was soon shortened to the Blues on account of their all blue uniforms. The Blues played in the 1900 American League before it became a major league. They finished sixth but had some fine performers. OF Ollie Pickering (.324/~.350/.386) led the AL in runs (117) and hits (194, 23 ahead of the runner-up), was second in steals (49) and was third in average. 1B Candy LaChance hit .302/~.341/.400 and swiped 39 bases. Bill Hart (18-15, 2.60) and Bill Hoffer (16-12, 2.93) led the rotation. During the off-season, the team changed it's nickname to the Bronchos

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year League Record Finish Manager
1900 American League 63-73 6th Jimmy McAleer
1901 American League 55-82-1 7th Jimmy McAleer


  • Russell Schneider: The Cleveland Indians Encyclopedia , Temple University Press, Philadelphia, Pa © 1996
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